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Controversial video shows a Border Patrol agent quizzing two U.S. citizens about their immigration status outside a convenience store in Montana, simply because he overheard them speaking Spanish as they were checking out.
The incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday, after Ana Suda and Mimi Hernandez stepped out to get some eggs and milk for their children at a gas station convenience store in Havre, about 30 miles south of the Canadian border.
As they were checking out, the two women were speaking Spanish when they were overheard by a Border Patrol agent, who stopped them and asked for their ID.
He asked where I was born, so I looked at him and I said, "Are you serious?" He's, like, "Yes, I'm serious," but, you know, with a very authoritative voice,' Suda told KVIA.
Suda said she asked the man, who identified himself as Agent O'Neal, if she could pay for her items first. 'He's, like, "No, give me your I.D,"' she recalled. So she said she would give him her ID, but she wanted to get her phone out of her car so she could record their interaction.
The video starts after she has retrieved her phone. 'M'am, the reason I asked you for your I.D. is because I came and saw that you guys were speaking Spanish which is very unheard of up here,' the agent says in the video. 'It’s the fact that it has to do with you guys speaking Spanish in the store ― in a state where it’s predominantly English-speaking.'
She added that she was most upset by her seven-year-old daughter's reaction to the video and said she had never encountered anything similar in the state before. 'When she saw the video, she was like, ‘Mom, we can’t speak Spanish anymore?’” Suda told the Post. 'I said "No. You be proud. You are smart. You speak two languages." This is more for her.' 'My family was asking me, because my family is still in Texas, and they were asking me, how is Montana about this? I said I have never had a problem before. I say Montana is perfect. I love the people here, the people are so nice. It is nicer than other states. I can not believe this happened,' Suda told MTN news.